Master of Biostatistics Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 1.5 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM028

The Master of Biostatistics provides students with the chance to develop the specialist skills needed to become a professional biostatistician or clinical researcher in health-related research or health services. Offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA), the degree is delivered largely online by leading teachers from the six universities across Australia that contribute to the BCA program.

The degree is well matched to students from a range of backgrounds who have an interest in health sciences and statistics and an aptitude for mathematics. Students gain an insight into statistical theory and methods and how to apply these theories to solve problems within professional practice. Workplace research placements are built into the degree and provide the chance to cultivate professional skills within a workplace environment.

The Master of Biostatistics is accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia, and upon successful completion of the degree graduates may apply for registration. Biostatistical expertise is in high demand in many areas and graduates find employment in medical and epidemiological research, the pharmaceutical industry, and government departments and agencies. The degree also provides a solid grounding for further study at higher degree research or PhD level.

To find out more about the BCA program, visit the BCA website.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM028
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed four-year degree or equivalent.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants are required to meet an acceptable standard in Maths Proficiency. The selection process also considers qualifications/experience in a relevant field and includes an interview with the Program Coordinator. Applicants must contact the Discipline of Public Health on 8313 4637 to arrange an appointment with the program co-ordinator.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM028

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Master of Biostatistics will allow you to develop a specialist career role in health-related research or health services. Biostatistical expertise is in very high demand in many areas. Possible job settings include:

    • Medical and epidemiological research
    • The pharmaceutical industry
    • Government departments and agencies

    The Masters degree also provides a great grounding for PhD and other higher degree research programs.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Medical Research, Epidemiologist, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Statistician, Biostatistician

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete 11 core courses in Biostatistics and 1 elective course in thematic areas in Biostatistics.

    Please note:

    More than one elective may be chosen only if exemption is granted for a core course. While a full time load of four courses per semester is technically possible, BCA recommends a load of two courses:

    • Four courses per semester: 1.5 years
    • Two courses per semester: 3 years

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year level 1
    Core Courses BIOSTATS 6000 Epidemiology
    BIOSTATS 6001 Mathematical Background for Biostatistics
    BIOSTATS 6002 Data Management & Statistical Computing
    BIOSTATS 6003 Probability and Distribution Theory
    BIOSTATS 6005 Principles of Statistical Inference
    Year level 2
    Core Courses BIOSTATS 6004 Design of Randomised Controlled Trials
    BIOSTATS 6006 Linear Models
    BIOSTATS 6007 Categorical Data and Generalised Linear Models
    BIOSTATS 6008 Survival Analysis
    BIOSTATS 6009 Biostatistics Research Project A
    BIOSTATS 6010 Biostatistics Research Project B
    Electives 1 elective chosen from the following:
    BIOSTATS 6011 Bioinformatics
    BIOSTATS 6014 Bayesian Statistical Methods
    BIOSTATS 6016 Clinical Biostatistics
    BIOSTATS 6012 Longitudinal & Correlated Data
    BIOSTATS 6015 Health Indicators and Health Surveys


    Project work, written assignments and practical work.

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Friday, 20 Apr 2018